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Telestream’s New Episode 7 Now Available

Telestream today announced that the latest version of its Episode video encoding software is now available. Unveiled at IBC 2015, Episode 7.0 now features bigger performance gains, added format support, and easier to use features.

New features in Episode 7.0 include:

  • 64-bit technology support provides faster encodes and better memory allocation for large jobs
  • Added format support including JPEG2000, DNxHD, DNxHR, and DVCPro HD
  • Name storage destinations directly from the Episode user interface
  • New Audio Channel Configurator enables mapping to standard input/output formats or customized audio channel layouts
  • 4K video support including R3D ingest and HEVC presets

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Episode’s new 64-bit native transcoding engine is designed for the entire production workflow – maintaining high quality files from the camera to edit and all the way to final delivery. With the ability to scale from a single seat to a cluster of cross-platform workstations, Episode 7.0 provides the most affordable and fastest possible encode speed for workgroups. Thanks to its Split-and-Stitch® capability, even large files can be transcoded quickly, utilizing multiple cores on a single machine or multiple machines in a larger cluster.

“Episode’s new version focuses on giving users added speed and flexibility,” said Barbara DeHart, Vice President of Desktop Business at Telestream. “As the volume and complexity of content grows, the ability to intelligently spread the workload across multiple Mac and Windows CPU cores to speed up the encoding workflow is increasingly important when meeting tight deadlines.”

“This is a big step forward for Episode – we’re especially excited about the native 4k support, 64-bit speed and ability to handle larger files,” said Sam Bogoch, CEO of axle Video. “Episode is the preferred video encoding companion for axle media management software, and for the many customers already using Episode Pro or Engine in their turnkey axle Gear deployments, the 7.0 upgrade will provide a big performance boost, simply included with their annual maintenance,” added Bogosh.

Availability and Pricing
Episode 7 is available in three levels: Episode, Episode Pro, and Episode Engine.


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Telestream Offers Easy to Use and Automated Solution to Meet New FCC Mandates for Captioning of Online Video Clips

Telestream announced that the latest release of its closed captioning software products, MacCaption (for Mac) andCaptionMaker (for Windows), are ready to meet the new FCC rules requiring the captioning of video clips that are posted online.

The FCC recently ruled that existing closed captioning requirements for IP delivered video content will be extended to include individual video clips or segments extracted from shows. The new rules apply to broadcasters and cable and satellite distributors that air programming on television and then post clips of that programming on their own website or via their own mobile app.

“Repurposing TV closed caption data files for Internet distribution is more challenging than simply converting one file format to another. Just as audio and video quality is imperative for creating effective content, quality closed captioning must now also be a priority for Internet delivery, both for complying with government requirements and for providing an excellent user experience for viewers who rely on accessible technology,” explains Paul Turner, VP of enterprise product management at Telestream.


With a new and modernized user interface and new features that are designed to automate much of the cumbersome captioning workflow process, the latest release of MacCaption and CaptionMaker captioning software help bring the “dark art” of closed captioning within reach of TV broadcast engineers. When used together with the Vantage family of video transcoding and workflow automation solutions, Telestream’s captioning products provide a solution to transcode, convert, troubleshoot, modify, and deploy caption data alongside video – regardless of the delivery platform. In this new version, additional import formats have been added, including SCTE-20, Seachange VANC, and DVD closed captions. This further expands the ability for broadcasters to extract and convert the captions from all types of video archives to newer formats, including Internet captions.

“The FCC’s requirement to have captions on the individual segments or trailers from otherwise completed shows presents significant challenges. While the show master may be captioned in its entirety, it would be especially labor intensive to correctly extract selective segments without damaging the caption metadata. Re-packaging blindly could cause problems like the wrong captions being displayed or captions bleeding over into the next segment. To make this an automated process, we’ve developed intelligent algorithms to detect caption start/stop metadata when extracting clips or segments so as to remove the human interaction that other systems require. This unique feature ensures that the new FCC mandate does not negatively impact our customers’ existing workflows and efficiencies,” adds Turner.

Version 6.1 of MacCaption and CaptionMaker products is now available.



Telestream Wirecast Launches New Live Streaming Capabilities for Microsoft Azure Media Services

Telestream is teaming up with Microsoft Azure Media Services. This collaboration makes Azure Media Services a live streaming destination in the upcoming release of Telestream’s Wirecast streaming production software. Taking advantage of the direct connection from Wirecast to the Microsoft Azure Media Services ecosystem, large-scale streaming broadcasts can leverage the dynamic scalability, reliability, redundancy and minimum capital investment the cloud offers when streaming live to large audiences with myriad devices.

Microsoft Azure recently announced the public preview of its Live Streaming offering. The same Live Streaming solution that seamlessly delivered the 2014 Winter Games and 2014 FIFA World Cup to broadcasters globally – including RTMP ingest capabilities – will now be available in public preview to all customers with the same level of scalability, uptime and reliability. The combination of Wirecast’s powerful new production capabilities with Microsoft Azure’s open and flexible cloud platform, helps make the creation of high quality professional program content easier than ever. By removing the burden of complexity from content owners, they are then free to concentrate on creating the best live content possible.

“Few companies have the in-house technical expertise to put all the pieces together for streaming content on a global scale,” said Barbara Dehart, VP of Desktop Products at Telestream. “Yet when it comes to streaming live events, there is only one chance to get it right. The combination of Wirecast and Microsoft Azure allows our mutual customers to reach the largest digital audience possible with minimum capital investment.”

“With Telestream Wirecast’s leadership in live streaming production and Microsoft Azure’s leadership in cloud-based media services and distribution, it was natural to collaborate in order to serve the growing needs of the live streaming market. For media companies, protecting, managing and monetizing content is just as important as creating it. By combining forces with Telestream, we are creating a live streaming platform that offers our mutual customers the best combination of performance and value in the industry,” said Sudheer Sirivara, Partner Director of Engineering, Microsoft Azure.

Azure Media Services enables broadcast quality media workflows that are easy to set up, maintain and scale. Users can target all of today’s most popular client devices types including PCs (Windows and Mac OS), iOS, Android, Smart TVs, game consoles, and more. Azure Media Services provides the reliability of a cloud platform backed by a global network of Microsoft operated data centers.

A principal goal of adding Azure Media Services as a destination within Wirecast is to make it as easy as possible for streaming content creators to take advantage of all the cloud has to offer. With the latest version of Wirecast, users will be able to create preset templates so that they can log into their Azure Media Services account and start streaming with only a couple of clicks.

This integration will be available in Wirecast 6.0, slated for release in Q4 2014. Wirecast 6 will be demonstrated at the International Broadcast Conference (IBC) on stand 7.C12. Priced from $495 to $995, this feature-filled upgrade adds powerful new production capabilities, streamlined workflows, and expanded content source options. Customers who own Wirecast can upgrade to Wirecast 6 Studio for $149 and to Wirecast Pro 6 for $295.



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Telestream to Announce New File-Based Workflow Automation and Video Processing

Telestream will use IBC 2014 to showcase transcode support for the latest OTT, IPTV and 4K formats plus enhanced third-party interoperability with leading vendors including Avid, Adobe and Apple. The Company will demonstrate assembly and transcoding capabilities for the UK broadcast industry’s Digital Production Partnership (DPP) initiative, and cloud subscriptions for Vantage. Telestream will also showcase enhancements to the Wirecast and Episode applications.

New Workflow Automation and Video Processing Capabilities for Vantage
Telestream’s Vantage platform provides a broad range of transcoding and file-based workflow automation products, and makes content production, multi-screen delivery, and device interoperability a hands-off process. Vantage combines transcoding, media capture, metadata processing, analysis, and content assembly into a unified system. The latest version of Vantage (v.6.3) features a number of automation and video processing capabilities, including:

DPP assembly & transcoding capabilities
With the DPP October deadline approaching fast, Telestream will introduce several new capabilities within Vantage for assembling and encoding DPP AS-11 files. The Vantage DPP Workflow Portal allows entry of DPP metadata and the creation of multi-part DPP packages from one or more media files.  Built on Vantage, the Post Producer application automatically assembles the DPP timeline, including bars, tones, slates and correct multi-part spacing.  Finally, Vantage Transcode Pro allows the creation of AS-11 MXF outputs per the DPP specification.  The entire solution is completely unified and includes full encoding, timeline rendering and metadata assembly without requiring editing personnel or XML programmers.

Template Creation in Avid, Adobe & Final Cut Pro for use by Post Producer
Editors can design production templates in their favourite editing system, and Post Producer can then use those templates to mass-produce hundreds of customized outputs automatically. This facilitates the creation of templates and lets users visualize how a template will look prior to rendering.

Extended transcode format support
Focusing on the growing needs of content owners seeking to develop multi-platform distribution architectures, Vantage 6.3 includes support for more transcoding formats across the Vantage Transcode product family. Full 4K support and HEVC encoding are now available in Vantage Transcode Multiscreen and Vantage Transcode IPTV VOD. In addition, XAVC decoding and ProRes 4444 encoding have been added to Vantage Transcode Pro.

Vantage Cloud Subscriptions
For content production networks and service providers, Vantage Cloud Subscriptions will enable worldwide secure access to all the capabilities of Vantage on cloud-based infrastructure with flexible pay-as-you-go pricing using Amazon Web Services.

“We will arrive at IBC this year with a number of key new product introductions and enhancements to many of our existing and most popular file-based workflow tools,” commented Paul Turner, VP of enterprise product management at Telestream. “Each solution reinforces Telestream’s market leadership position by further streamlining and automating file-based workflows in our own products as well as our partners while also supporting key industry initiatives such as DPP in the UK.”

Other key announcements at IBC will include the addition of powerful new live video production capabilities for media professionals with Wirecast – Telestream’s live streaming production software. Enhancements to Telestream’s Episode, which provides high-quality video transcoding for the entire digital post-production workflow – will include support for AS11 MXF, closed caption input and output, and integration with Adobe Premiere Pro, which enables export directly out of Adobe Premiere Pro to all formats available in Episode.



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